Dishcloth swap

Good news on all fronts. I received my package and oh, what a treat it is. Thank you so much K.T.

I loved everything. The Lion brand cotton ease (now I get to try it) The dishcloth are beautiful and I will try a dishcloth out of the pattern book you sent. Had to defend the little box with the scissors, thread cutter and tape measure. My granddaughter Katie loved it as she did the gum (her very favorite). I look forward to trying the soaps and the stitch markers will come in handy. Thank you so much for being such a thoughtful swap partner. I will post pictures on my blog within the next couple of days and I will certainly nominate you for best swap partner ever. Have a wonderful day. I am looking at about an inch of snow on my car, brrr.


Happy Birthday

You are all invited to wish Anne a happy birthday on this 24th day of October, in spite of having to have a root canal. Have a great and hopefully painless day. Love mom


Winter Wonderland

Here are my answers to the questions for the coffee swap:

What is your favorite kind of coffee? Any light roast. But i like Kona coffee and recently tried Folgers Gourmet coffee Light roast and it was pretty good. I also love German Tschibo coffee.

Do you prefer whole been or ground coffee? I prefer ground because I am lazy and don't want to fool around with grinding the beans.

This time of year, there are often Holiday Blends available , and many flavored coffee.Do you enjoy special blends? I love Kona Cookies/Cinnamon and Millbrooks Hazelnut/Cinnamon. I don't go to much for the holiday blends per se.

How do you take your coffee? I use only creamer (the liquid not powdered). And I like regular coffee but will drink decaf if that's all that is available.

Do you prefer to drink from a nice thick mug, or a matched cup and saucer? I love a thin cup which doesn't have to have a matching saucer. I'll use a mug if I have to but the thinner the better.

What is your favorite kind of winter? The end of it, lol, no, I love Christmas and get togethers with friends and family. Cookie exchanges and just about everything connected with the holidays.

Do you celebrate in December, and if yes, which holiday. We celebrate Christmas and New Year and have lots of fun doing both.

If you celebrate Christmas, do you put up a tree. Yes, indeed we do and having lots of fun trimming it. We also bake a birthday cake for Christmas to celebrate the borthday of Jesus.

Would you prefer items related to the holiday or winter-themed items that you collect. Either would be great. I used to collect santas but am trying to start a collection of ginger bread men.

Do you ever wear scarves, mittens or hats? I wear mittens and scarves sometime but no hats, they itch my head.

What is your favorite winter or holiday memory. I don't have one favorite. There are so many of them and I could never name them all. Actually they are all wonderful.

Do you knit or crochet? And how long? I crochet, and have done so for 55+ years.

Do you like, wood, metal or plastic needles/hooks. I love metal, don't like plastic to much and have never tried wood.

What sort of project do you enjoy making? Dishcloth, handbags (just finished a felted one and next week will try to start to crochet a pair of socks.

What is your favorite type of yarn you like to work with. I really don't have a favorite, just don't like to use scratchy wool.

Do you spin or dye? No, I do not do either.

Do you do other crafts such as needlepoint, scrap booking or anything else. I like to do cross stitch (not counted though), I do make some holiday cards sometime and various crafts with my granddaughter.

When is your birthday? In March.

Do you have children? Yes, I have three daughters (all grown) and five grandchildren. I live with one daughter's family and three of my grand kids and our dog Dash.

What are your favorite colors? I like all colors but purple or lavender are my favorite.

What is your favorite holiday treat? Too numerous to list. Everything I'm not supposed to eat since I am a diabetic.

Do you have any allergies? No.


topic of the week

I love fall, the falling leaves, the crisp weather which is sometimes mixed with snow. So far we've not had any. It's probably waiting til the kids go out trick or treating, ha ha. I love to bake different fall goodies but don't do it so much anymore. Everyone is watching their weight, lol. There is not much apple picking going on around here.

When I lived in Colorado we would buy apples by the bushel and freshly made apple juice and apple cider (one of my favorites).

I am counting days until Christmas because Anne will visit us to have a nice white Christmas, we hope.

I wish you all a wonderful weekend.


this and that for this week

Hello everybody. Hope things are going well for all of you. I am doing great. First of all, thanks everybody for visiting my blog. I really appreciate it. Our fall here is still very nice even though it is getting colder. There certainly is "frost out on the pumpkin", the top of the mountains is solid white. Katie's debut as a singer (ha ha) went very well. She and her classmates did a great job of singing their songs at the October Fest. Avrey turned 4 mos old and Clara is now 2 years old and my very own "Baby" will have a birthday this month but I wont tell you how young she is turning.

Went to my crocheting class yesterday and just about finished up a non felted bag from the cotton Jessi sent me in my vacation package.

As to the weekly challenge I am going to describe what I carry in my little bag, which Anne made for me, crochet hooks from very small to quite large, tapestry and darning needles, my wonderful stitch markers from Jessi, a tape measure, some elastic and dental floss (from my Lily Chin class), buttons. My little bag is various shades of blue and my crochet hooks are all Boye. I will try to post some pictures this weekend.

Now I will go, have to send some e-mails and wish all of you a wonderful rest of the week and a great weekend.


Weekly happenings

Hello all, I have had a busy week and there is more to follow. Took a class with Lily Chin last weekend. Tips and tricks for crocheters, if you have a chance take it or the one for knitters, it is great and she is great. I did learn quite a few tricks and tips. Here's a picture of my daughter (on the right) and me with Lily Chin!

As you all know by now, I've tried my first felted bag, and if do say so myself, it turned out great!!

Here's some shots before felting:

And here's how it felted up:

My family is doing great. Clara my little 2 year old is on vacation with her parents, Avrey, my little one is turning 4 month this week and is growing like a weed. Katie, my granddaughter is loving school and they will be singing German songs at the October Fest this weekend. Tomorrow is last practice and the family is looking forward to going and enjoy them singing and the October Fest.

Tomorrow night we are all going out to dinner to celebrate my son-in-law's birthday. This is an annual happening,lol, and we are all looking forward to it.

Have another crocheting class tonight and I want to say, thank you again Jessi for my wonderful angel VVS package. Have a wonderful week everyone and I'll be back next week.

Oh, I almost forgot, check out Anne's Winter Wonderland Coffee Swap site. Join it cause it sounds like lots of fun. Bye now


I've been on vacation!

I received a great package from Jessi, my VVS angel.

Jessi, thank you so very much for the package. I loved everything in it. I am already using the great mouse pad and I can certainly use the planner. The pouch you sent for my crochet hook is great. You wont believe it but I have a purse with the same pattern.

The pattern book is wonderful. I love the purses in there and will try to make one soon.

The little carrier bag with yarn is great. I'll love carrying my crocheting around in it. The pad, cards and sticky notes are great also and I will enjoy nibbling on my treat which is just up my alley. The stationary and your letter are wonderful. Everyone who has seen the stitch markers oohing and aahing over them as I am.

And last but certainly not least, I love the yarn. I am taking it to my class on Wednesday to ask my teacher to recommend something special I can make with it.

Thank you so much again. You were truly an angel for me!

I've finished my felted bag - I'll post pictures of that and talk about my class with Lily Chin tomorrow!


Topic of the week

I love to cook, pea and lentil soup, beef stew, chili and taco soup.

Taco soup:

1# hamburger meat
1 medium onion, chopped finely
1 16 oz can each navy, kidney and pinto beans (or beans of your choice)
1 can of Rotel tomatoes
Taco seasoning

Brown hamburger meat and onions.
Add beans undrained with rotel tomatoes. Stir. Add taco seasoning to your taste.
Serve with sour cream, shredded cheese or chopped onions and Tostido chips.